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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0520102994.
Published online 2010 December 2. doi:  10.1136/bcr.05.2010.2994
PMCID: PMC3029629
Rare disease

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection as a cause of sudden cardiac death in the peripartum period


Spontaneous coronary artery dissection is a rare cause of acute coronary syndromes and can be potentially fatal. The authors describe a case of multi-vessel coronary artery dissection occurring in a young postpartum mother. The diagnosis was established by coronary artery angiography. However, the patient died following a cardiac arrest. The authors discuss the methods of investigation available and the different treatment options.

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